You’re invited to Union Hospital of Cecil County’s FREE trailblazer educational event – Registration info below


Trailblazer Education Series


Union Hospital of Cecil County

March 22nd, 11 am-1 pm


 Cost-saving and culinary strategies for purchasing local sustainable foods, state and federal regulations for the safety of local foods, where to find sustainable farmers in our region, and other tools and resources.

Union Hospital’s sustainable practices in 2011 included:

  • 100% of beef, 90% poultry purchased locally & sustainably
  • 44% of meat, poultry, vegetables, fruit, and dairy purchased locally
  • 90% of all meals made with non-processed, whole foods

Union Hospital has won MANY awards for their sustainable initiatives:

  • MD H2E Trailblazer Award for Leadership in Sustainable Practices 2011
  • Governor Martin O’Malley’s first Smart, Green, and Growing Buy Local Agricultural Challenge Award 2011
  • Outstanding Maryland Rural Health Achievement Award 2011
  • Maryland Green Registry Leadership Award 2010
  • Cecil County Recycling Award 2010



Welcome, Dave Gipson
Chief Operating Officer, Union Hospital

Introduction to Trailblazer Series, Molly Englund
Communications Coordinator, Maryland Hospitals for a Healthy Environment

Supporting our Local Farmers & Economy, Earl “Buddy” Hance
Maryland Secretary of Agriculture

Cost-Saving Strategies for Purchasing Local Sustainable Foods, Holly Emmons
Food & Nutrition Services Manager, Union Hospital

Culinary & Purchasing Strategies with Cooking Demo, Will Morgan
Executive Chef, Union Hospital of Cecil County

 A delicious, sustainable lunch will be served. 

Tools & Resources for Purchasing, Louise Mitchell
Sustainable Foods Program Manager, Maryland Hospitals for a Healthy Environment

State & Federal Regulations for Local Foods Safety, Karen Fedor
Senior Agricultural Marketing Specialist, Maryland Department of Agriculture

Where to Find Sustainable Farmers in our Region, Alice Chalmers
Executive Director, Future Harvest-Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture

 To register for this FREE event, please send your name, title, facility name, e-mail, and phone to Please RSVP by Friday, March 16th.  

 To learn more about Union Hospital’s sustainable foods program, go to:

For more information on the Trailblazer Awards and upcoming Trailblazer Education Events, go to:


Attendance is open to all. However, priority will be given to hospital and health care employees when limitations occur.